A Paso Wet Dream

Black black inky impenetrable inky purple out to a pink and clear edge.  Staining and just so black.  Intense 28-day seasoned beef, brier, licked pencil lead all over a core of concentrated fruit velvety and black.  The word of this wine seems to be ‘black’.  Everything is dark on steroids. It has a note of remarkable young-ness and freshness I typically only find in burgeoning wine regions… Tehama County… Caleveras County… Baja… there is something hard to describe in these wines–it is not dirty or flawed–just a ‘rustic’ situation with the late nose and early fruit.

In the mouth this thing is so intensely chalky fruited and overwhelming.  More chewy blackness and an intensity and concentration of fruit and structure.  I am completely blown away by this wine.  Never expected this from a Paso Syrah.  Really, this is awe-inspiring wine.  I have only had it open for a few minutes–took a swirl and decanted HARD, TWICE–and already have all my opinions formed and am in utter awe.  I was NOT expecting this.  I expected a fat, moderately-flamboyant over-extracted bomb and instead I get this nuanced, structured, Old World-cellar-smelling and tasting thing which I would EASILY stack up against a Cornas–although it wouldn’t really be fair–or a SERIOUS CdP.

A lot of conversation has been going on lately about WHAT is CA wine? and is it necessarily overblown and extracted and hi-pH.  THIS wine is the perfect juxtaposition of Old World and Cali.  The severe graphite, burnt leaves, latex nuances combined with a complete extraction and concentration. You NEED to find yourself some of this wine, somehow.  This label has floated around on IG here and there–I know nothing about it–and recently it started showing up in a couple stores I frequent.  Just so hard to believe this is a Paso Syrah.  Santa Barbara, maybe.  Or RRV… but not Paso.  And ONLY 14-2. <–I can’t believe I just said that.  “Only”.  The tannin on this thing is beyond heavy-weight.  You need a knife-and-fork.  And still that nose just continues to exude more and more fruit and brier long after it should have fattened up or oaked up or something-upped… I mean: with Paso wine you expect all flash-in-the-pan and nothing to back it up.  This is far and away the opposite.  This is a STUNNING wine.  An absolute infant and I am purchasing–tomorrow–several for the next decade.

2010 RANGELAND Syrah Mourvedre Paso Robles 14.2

http://www.rangelandwines.com/

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